Louvin returns to live action at AMAs
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
– Charlie Louvin makes his return to live performance after surgery to treat pancreatic cancer on Sept. 10 as part of the Americana Music Association showcases.
Louvin's performance will include Emmylou Harris to perform If I Could Only Win Your Love, a song written by The Louvin Brothers. Steel guitar and Dobro player Al Perkins will be lending his talents to the Louvin Brothers song The Christian Life and the Gram Parsons song Hickory Wind.
Louvin is set to perform with Canadian country rockers The John Henrys.
Louvin underwent surgery in July for cancer. He has a new disc, "The Battle Rages On," coming out Sept. 28.
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The Battle Rages On
Several years ago, a childhood hero hawked autographs during an old-timers game. Watching a once larger-than-life figure reduced to scrawling his name on penny cards for $20 was distressing, but the money was paid to a man who - it appeared - had no room in his life for false pride. The message was clear: he was doing what he needed to do.
That experience came back while listening to "The Battle Rages On," the latest from Country Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin. »»»
Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs
Charlie Louvin is an old pro, and the latter term is no less true than the former. More than four decades after his brother and singing partner, Ira, met his maker on a highway in Missouri, Louvin is still churning out albums, many of them with a gospel theme. He handles the material here quite capably, but the theme might have been better suited to Ira.
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Steps to Heaven
Charlie Louvin is back with one of the most straightforward gospel albums of his long, distinguished career, and hosannas are in order. At 81, he's hardly the same singer who elevated the art of tight harmonies with his brother, Ira, in the 1940s and '50s. However, collaboration is no less vital on this, his third studio album of the last three years(!). The Lord may have to wait a while to reclaim the younger Mr. Louvin.
Louvin is in fine voice, but it is the strident, starchy piano »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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Years in the talking, long-time friends Radney Foster and Darden Smith finally hit the road together. While the current tour - all one week of it - is on the short side time-wise, the music had not only length, but a lot of depth.
Foster, who has enjoyed a successful recording and perhaps more importantly songwriting career in the country realm, and... »»»
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